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Lady Vikings Drop to Stratford 33-31 in Region 7 Tournament Championship Game

MACON, Ga. – Stratford’s Nadia Reese nailed a game-winning 3-pointer with time expiring to defeat the FPD Lady Vikings (18-6) in the Region 7/1A Tournament Championship game on Saturday night at Stratford’s Grady Smith Gymnasium.

The Eaglettes (19-5) clinch the no. 1 seed from Region 7, 1A and have now won back-to-back Region 7 Tournament titles.

The Eaglettes led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter and 20-16 at halftime.

The Lady Viking offense pumped in 12 points in the third quarter and the FPD defense limited the Eaglettes to just two points to take a 26-22 lead into the final frame.

With FPD leading 30-27 late in the fourth quarter, Reese tied the game on a made 3-pointer.

The Lady Vikings dribbled out much of the final minute to set up for one final shot. Kate Patterson was fouled on a short-corner shot attempt to put the senior at the free throw line with 3.2 seconds to play.

Patterson split the pair and the Eaglettes called a timeout to set up the winning drive.

Stratford advanced the ball to mid-court and called another timeout with just over two seconds to play.

Carey Woodcock threw the ball in to Reese who stepped into the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the Eaglettes the victory, their second straight over FPD.

The game featured four ties and the lead changed six times.

The Eaglettes outscored the Lady Vikings from downtown 7-2.

FPD finished 3-for-10 from the free throw line. The Eaglettes were 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

Patterson paced the Lady Vikings with 15 points, moving into fourth place on the all-time scoring list at FPD passing Kelli Barnes (98). Patterson now has 1,233 career points.

Aysha Roberts led the Eaglette charge with 14 points. Reese finished with eight points, including the game-winner.

FPD will now wait for an at-large bid to the GHSA Class-A Private Girls State Tournament.

Check www.fpdvikings.com, @FPDVikingSports on Twitter and FPD Athletics on Facebook for further developments early next week.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX SCORE:

STRATFORD 33, FPD 31

FPD 8-8-10-5 — 31
SAE 12-8-2-11 — 33

FPD: Kate Patterson 15, Emma Lako 6, Bailey Ruble 4, Molly Lee 4, Sadie Frame 2.

Stratford: Aysha Roberts 14, Mary Elaine Mitchell 8, Nadia Reese 8, Carey Woodcock 3.

3-pointers: FPD 2 (Patterson 2); Stratford 7 (Reese 2, Roberts 2, Mitchell 2, Woodcock 1).

Records: Stratford 19-5, FPD 18-6.

Next: State Tournament, TBD.